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While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #5

Weekly Pregnancy Medical News Update

Another week winds down, but there’s never a quiet moment for pregnancy news! Lots this week about preterm birth and the risks associated with it, and some surprising and not so surprising other pregnancy medical news hit the airwaves and Interwebs this week.

Check it all out after the jump.

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  • Lupus Itself More Dangerous Than Lupus Drugs During Pregnancy 1 of 8
    Lupus Itself More Dangerous Than Lupus Drugs During Pregnancy
    The risk for pregnancy loss doubles if lupus is active during pregnancy, and the risk of pregnancy loss is four times higher if lupus is active within three months before conception, according to the latest research. Doctors believe that "the inflammation of active lupus is more dangerous to a pregnancy than medications" for the illness. But they do warn against taking certain drugs. Check out the source link to see exactly which ones should be avoided.
    Source: Ob.Gyn. News
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  • Mother’s Metabolism — Not Birth Canal — Dictates Length of Pregnancy 2 of 8
    Mother's Metabolism — Not Birth Canal — Dictates Length of Pregnancy
    The long-believed idea that a woman's pelvis was the reason we carried babies for "only" nine months is now being questioned by new research that suggests it's actually a woman's metabolic limitations that cause a gestation period of roughly nine months. And that's one limitation we can be grateful for, because without it, we'd be facing 16-month pregnancies!
    Source: Medical News Today
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Abortion Increases Later Risks of Preterm Birth 3 of 8
    Abortion Increases Later Risks of Preterm Birth
    The likelihood of having a preterm birth increases in women who have had abortions, specifically in women who have had three or more. Health officials warn that "information of the potential health hazards of repeat induced abortions" should be provided to the public.
    Source: MedPage Today
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • First Births From Use of Time-Lapsed Incubator for IVF at Mayo Clinic 4 of 8
    First Births From Use of Time-Lapsed Incubator for IVF at Mayo Clinic
    A new time-lapse incubator that's designed to reduce disturbances from human handling during the IVF process is now responsible for its first successful births. This is big news for the fertility industry, and for women whose embryos struggle to develop in traditional incubators.
    Source: Science Daily
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Discrimination Can Lead to Low Birth Weight 5 of 8
    Discrimination Can Lead to Low Birth Weight
    Research now suggests that regular and repeated discrimination against urban women during their pregnancies greatly increases the risk of low birth weights in their babies.
    Source: Medical News Today
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Depression Linked to Negative Sexual Function During Pregnancy 6 of 8
    Depression Linked to Negative Sexual Function During Pregnancy
    Depression during early and/or late pregnancy is a significant predictor of negative sexual function during pregnancy. I don't know about you, but this sounds like an "I could have told you that" study.
    Source: Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Pregnant Women Kicking Addiction Have Better Results With ‘Incentives’ 7 of 8
    Pregnant Women Kicking Addiction Have Better Results With 'Incentives'
    When I came across this study, I thought, "What more incentive do you need than the health and safety of your baby?" But I quickly ended that judgmental thought and recognized that I (blessedly) have no idea what it's like to be an addict. So I read on. And I found out that women who are trying to kick the habit any habit are more successful in doing so when incentives are involved. Researchers believe it's because they are replacing a negative habit with a positive reward. Hey, whatever works!
    Source: Medical News Today
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Drinking Soda During Pregnancy Linked to Preterm Birth 8 of 8
    Drinking Soda During Pregnancy Linked to Preterm Birth
    According to a study released by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, "Drinking artificially sweetened or sugar-sweetened beverages during pregnancy may increase the risk of having preterm delivery." There's a good amount to say about this, and I did just that earlier this week. Check it out HERE
    Source: Food Consumer
    Photo: iStockphoto

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